Hi. My name is Gretchen J. Penner. Thank you for visiting.
For years I suffered from anxiety. I was always a stressful person, but there came a time in my life when my stress turned into anxiety. I had experienced my share of personal trauma, and my anxiety was impeding on my life. It was stealing my joy. Through professional therapy, I was able to address my past trauma, learn healthy coping skills, and find a new peace. Soon my joy returned to me.
Today I am a licensed psychotherapist with Sound Mind Center. After working in communications for over 20 years, I made a decision to go back to school, earn my master degree, and pursue a career as a professional therapist. I wanted to help those who suffer like I had. I focused my training on trauma informed therapy and anxiety. Since graduating with my Master of Social Work in 2015, I have continued my education and training to focus on the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and eating disorders.
If you or a loved one is suffering, there is help. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place where you can talk about your greatest fears, process your deepest pain, learn healthy coping skills, discover your strengths, and reclaim your joy.
Learn more about my specialties here.